After losing $5.7 billion in 2011, its worst year ever, Sony has elected to make a $997 million investment in the production of stacked CMOS camera sensors. The sum represents half of the company’s projected 2012 revenue. Sony expects to see production increase to 60,000 units per month by September 2013, with a portion of the increase to be used in Sony’s own products, but the majority sold to other hardware makers. The sensors offer a smaller footprint than other similar components and promise faster speeds and lower energy consumption. Sony’s camera sensors are most notably deployed in Apple’s iPhone 4S. [Source VentureBeat]